Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rose Barbero

Rose Barbero
Longtime Chambersburg resident and well-known
Italian baker Rose Piccirilli Barbero created recipes for
Italian baked goods at Barbero's Bakery on Conrad Street ,
moved to Trenton from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938 when she
was 23 to marry Angelo Barbero. The couple lived on Conrad
Street for more than 60 years before moving to Hamilton.
Born in Montemarano, a village in Southern Italy near Naples,
Barbero came to the United States during the Great Depression.
While in Brooklyn, she worked as a seamstress and manager in
the New York City garment district.

After coming to Trenton, she worked in the city's dress shops
before taking over as the corporate secretary and cook of Barbero
Bakery Inc. when her husband took over the family business in
the late 1950s, her grandson said. ''She was involved in many
of the duties at the bakery,'' her grandson Steven Spirito
said. ''She worked the counter, baked menu items and came up
with new types of specialties. In essence, she became the
matriarch of the bakery.''She is credited with being one of
the creative influences behind the bakery's original Italian

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